a city’s trademark ride

I think most of the town in Indonesia has its own becak ride. I have twice tasted becak ride in two cities, Bandung and Jogja. And I dont think it has that many differences from each other.

But when I went to Cirebon, and got to taste their ride it astounded me. Its significantly different from the ride I’ve experienced in Bandung and Jogja. The ride was rather small compared to the others, the sitting has a weird upward position so that you are seated on a relaxed leaned backwards position that really gives a cozy, comfortable feeling to the passenger. It also made getting off was a little bit harder, you have to put some effort to it.

Well that being said, riding the becak really has made my Cirebon trip more enjoyable

tahu bungkeng
This is the best tahu sumedang i ever tasted! i dont know wether this old man was Mr Bungkeng himself, but he surely know how to make a delicious crispy-on-the-outside-tender-in-the-inside tofu!

tahu bungkeng

This is the best tahu sumedang i ever tasted! i dont know wether this old man was Mr Bungkeng himself, but he surely know how to make a delicious crispy-on-the-outside-tender-in-the-inside tofu!


The Caruban of Rides

I was in Cirebon on the first weekend on June, a city that was once ruled by a sultanate founded by Sunan Gunungjati. Quite a hot city, it is located in the north coast of West Java and borders with Central Java. It is thought that the word “cirebon” derives from the Javanese word, caruban, meaning “mixed”, a reference to the city’s mix of Sundanese, Javanese, Chinese, and Arabic cultural elements. It has a language of its own, a mixture of Sundanese and Javanese

There are a mixture of transportation preferences by the people of Cirebon. From bicycle, delman, becak, cart and public car. But in the weekend people tend to choose the more modest ride to commute. Either by their own, with their family, or with goods from they just bought from the market, they seem happy and enjoyed their modest ride back home.

man-tiger
a military marching band player in a tiger costume. The tiger or “maung” was a folklore in sundanese culture, in which its philosophy embodies the army.

man-tiger

a military marching band player in a tiger costume. The tiger or “maung” was a folklore in sundanese culture, in which its philosophy embodies the army.

mr. good guy
indonesia police officer. i assume he’s a good guy. well, every justice officer should be, shouldnt they?

mr. good guy

indonesia police officer. i assume he’s a good guy. well, every justice officer should be, shouldnt they?

there’s monkey in my back
what it seems is two friends at a traffic congestion in dago street due to pawai bandung. the one in the back wears a hanoman suit, smoking -___-“

there’s monkey in my back

what it seems is two friends at a traffic congestion in dago street due to pawai bandung. the one in the back wears a hanoman suit, smoking -___-“

savour the music
member of the army marching band corps seems to enjoy the music they create together

savour the music

member of the army marching band corps seems to enjoy the music they create together

string playing
close up of a guitar being played at pasar seni itb 101010

string playing

close up of a guitar being played at pasar seni itb 101010


at break
i take this picture in between songs, when the lead vocal was introducing the rest of the band

at break

i take this picture in between songs, when the lead vocal was introducing the rest of the band